Muffins vs. Bagels

Myth: Bagels are healthier than muffins, based on a combination of fat content and calories.

A myth largely spread by the food industry.  Bagels are low-fat (depending on their content) but cause a high glycemic response after eating.  Fat is needed to buffer this spike in blood sugar.  Granted, over-sized processed muffins are extraordinarily unhealthy based on their portion size and poor choice of quality ingredients.

For example, an asiago-cheese bagel from Panera is 350 calories and 6 grams of fat, with 1 gram of fiber.  A banana-nut muffin from Panera is 260 calories with 12 grams of fat (largely from the nuts), and 3 grams of fiber.  The muffin has 100 less calories and the fat contained in the nuts is a “good” fat.

The solution for this dilemma is to think critically when making food choices.

The best solution is to use the following recipe for “Nuthin’ Muffins” which allows you enjoy a tasty healthful bakery treat.  The recipe allows for many different variations and combinations of ingredients according to your individual tastes. This recipe is quick to prepare, easy, and inexpensive.  Enjoy!

Linda’s Nuthin’ Muffin

Mix together in bowl:
2 cups unbleached flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp (big T) baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Add:
1 egg
1 cup milk
1/4 cup oil

Add the wet stuff all at once and stir until just blended.  You might have lumps.  No problem.  Over mixed muffins are tough muffins.  Spray muffin tin with non-stick spray.  Bake at 400* for 20 minutes or until golden.  Makes 12 muffins.

There are many things you can do with the Nuthin muffin. The simplest is to add a cup of fresh blueberries, sprinkle a little sugar on top (or not) and bake. Blueberry muffins are particularly good with half unbleached flour and half oat flour.  A cup of chopped apple, 1 tsp of cinnamon and a handful of chopped nuts is also good.  For a whole wheat muffing, substitute 1/4 to 1/2 cup whole wheat flour for an equal amount of unbleached.

Nuthin’ Muffins are also good with a blob of jam dropped on the top before baking.  It disappears in the middle and is the health food equivalent of a jelly donut.